Turning weather data into intricate #ArtTuesday sculptures «Adafruit Industries - Makers, Hackers, Artists, Designers & Engineers!

Turning weather data into intricate #ArtTuesday sculptures «Adafruit Industries – Makers, Hackers, Artists, Designers & Engineers!

Nathalie Miebach’s intricate and beautiful sculptures are 3D visualizations of scientific data. Here are more enormous:

For Boston-based artist Natalie Maybach, art is a way to translate scientific data into a visual language of patterns and relationships. In 2007, when she began doing work that explores weather and climate change, she wanted to better understand the science. Each piece started with a specific question I had, and then the sculpture attempted to answer it. Over time, I began to care more about not how weather instruments record weather, but how we respond to it as a species,” she tells Colossal. “That’s when I started looking at extreme weather events like floods, storms, and fires.”

Basket weaving plays a major role in Maybach’s practice because it weaves material and information together both physically and metaphorically. The type of data it collects is statistical and anecdotal, combining scientific research with personal experiences. For example, “Harvey’s Twitter SOS” translates maps of 2017 data about Hurricane Harvey published by New York times. The inner quilt is made of shapes that define income distribution in Houston and uses the city’s highway system as a visual anchor. Various types of Harvey-related information are sewn onto the quilt, including Twitter messages sent during the storm. Each piece contains many tracks. and iterations and connections, with the scent of Rube Goldberg machines in which cause and effect play a central role.

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